This weekend was pretty roller derby heavy! I didn’t have any bouts myself, but I attended 5 total. Houston Roller Derby [HRD] had their monthly bouts Saturday night and then a few of us hit the road early Sunday morning to make the Star of Texas Bowl.
I forgot my camera Saturday night, but Kiki let me borrow hers.
Some of the most amazing teams were playing in Austin on Sunday. I am only 2 years into the game and don’t know ALL the big names. But the few I did recognize, I photographed like crazy.
One of our skaters is a former Bay Area Derby [B.A.D.] team member. She asked one of her old teammate’s to come down to Houston for a weekend. On the right is Demanda Riot, who led a couple workshops for HRD that weekend. It was pretty rad watching her block on Sunday. That woman is strong.
My friend, AcuPUNCHher, on the left, with one of her faves, Smarty Pants [of TXRG], on the right.
oh, haaiiii, is that Suzy HOTROD of Gotham Girls Roller Derby?? As seen in ESPNW’s Body Issue last year??
Bonnie Thunders [far left] was probably my favorite jammer to watch all night. Her background in figure skating provided for some entertaining footwork.
Watching these amazing teams compete against each other is incredibly inspiring. I can’t wait to get back in the swing of things and attempt to up my game.
p.s. one week until FRANCE!!